Visiting Ilish Mokam at Port Road area of the city (largest wholesale market of Barisal), a kg of Ilish was found selling at Tk650-800 depending on the size of fish
Off-season Ilish in large quantity is flooding the wholesale markets of Barisal every day, and it sells comparatively cheap.
Visiting Ilish Mokam at Port Road area of the city (largest wholesale market of Barisal), a kg of Ilish was found selling at Tk650-800 depending on the size of fish.
Last year the price was almost double during the same period.
Talking to this correspondent, the fishermen said that they had been netting a huge amount of Ilish since the middle of winter though it was an off-season for the species.
Most of the Ilish were caught from Elisha, Meghna and Kalabadar and other southern rivers and coastal waters, Said Sentu Mia, a local fisherman.
He believed that upstream flow of the rivers are higher this year than previous years, which was why a huge quantity of big-size Ilish were available in the rivers.
Fish traders said the sudden rise in supply made the Ilish price cheaper.
"Currently, every day at least 1,000 mound of Ilish enter our Mokam," said Ujjal Das, a Port Road based wholesaler, adding that the supply was very high.
Traders were sending these Ilish to Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna and other areas of the country, he added.
"The sizes of most of the Ilish are between 700–1200 gram. Usually such amounts of large-size Ilish is rare during winter," he informed.
"Increased supply in the market made the price cheaper," he said, adding that last week the price fell further.
Now Ilish weighing 1,000-1,500 gram per piece are selling at Tk800 per kg, while those below 1000 gram sells at Tk 650-700 per kg, added Ujjal, saying that last year it was Tk1,200 and Tk800.
However officials from the Department of Fisheries claimed the high yield of Ilish as their success out of anti-Jatka drives.
Dr. Bimal Chandra Das, district fisheries officer (Ililsh), said that the government had taken different steps to protect breeding of Ilish that caused the increased supply.
Anisur Rahman, Ilish researcher and chief scientific officer of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) at Chandpur centre, said that main Ilish season is from August to October.
"There is also another short season from November to January. So it is not unusual for getting big Ilish in winter," he added.
Government's efforts to protect Jatka (Ilish less than 10 inches in length) and ensuring safe breeding also contributed to the increased Ilish production, he explained.